Codrivers sit on the right side of the car. Many long term codrivers will tell you that there is a reason they call it the “right” side. Codriving can be a way to experience real rallying without the huge investment and risk. Let’s be honest, a rally car sold pays back about 30-50% of the investment. A rally car crashed pays back even less. It will never be a smart investment but damn is it a fun and addicting one. And that is part of why codriving is really the smart way to get involved in the sport. As the 2016 season rapidly approaches, it is apparent that codrivers are again in short supply in Colorado so I thought a blog post attempting to recruit some of you to codrive would be in order.
You will at minimum need a helmet with intercom (Stilo, Peltor, or Bell), head and neck restraint (Hans), FIA 2 layer nomex race suit, nomex racing gloves, arm restraints, nomex socks, and nomex or leather shoes. Let’s do some quick math, $450 helmet (or $100 to add intercom to existing), $400 Hans, $300 suit, $50 gloves, $30 arm restraints, $20 socks, and $50 shoes. So that is about $1300. That is about what your driver will spend on the seat and harness for your side of the car so the investment is WAY smaller. Rally.Build offers Hans rentals so that is one way to reduce up front costs. Used racing suits can be found for fairly affordable prices but quality and care is questionable there so I typically consider it better to get a new suit. We do offer package deals for new teams on full gear to help reduce the costs and I’m certain that we could get it under $1000 for a first event. Having the gear also will allow you to compete in other forms of racing such as Chumpcar, Lemons, WRL, and more where teams are often looking for additional drivers.
It is highly suggested to first get out to CORE and ride along in the car together and figure out if you have the constitution for it. Some people are fine with driving but jump in a car and try to read note and they hurl chunks like Heather Chandler.
You’d also be surprised at how much you will learn about driving from the passenger side of the car. Codriving will make you a better driver.
Most codrivers pay their own way. This means paying for your own membership/license fees and often means splitting the lodging costs. Not all but most do help in some way. In the past the codrivers paid half of entry and other expenses but Colorado has always had a lack of codrivers so typically it’s just lodging that codrivers help with here.
I loved codriving. The physical and mental requirements are much less so I often was up late partying while my driver slept or more often tried to sleep. You have just as much fun without the financial worries that come with being the owner/driver. Often you can benefit additionally by having a driver that is more experienced than you so you get to learn more about driving on the limit and learning from a better driver.
There are always teams looking for codrivers. If you are interested in codriving opportunities in Colorado the best place to start is to send me an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org